5 Hot Wearable Technologies

2015 is the year of the wearables. Here are some devices that can help with everything from your workout to a better night’s sleep.

Searching for the best fitness, activity, habit or sleep trackers on the market? Or maybe you prefer a fully functional but stylish smartwatch?

2015 has turned into the year of the wearables. Here are the five pieces of wearable tech that are generating buzz among consumers.

1. Apple Watch

Apple’s much-hyped smartwatch lets you choose among the standard Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport or Apple Watch Edition, depending on your personal preferences and style.

Each comes with the same technology, including tap notifications for incoming messages, quality and frequency tracking of physical activities, a stopwatch, timer, photos, world clock, Siri and Apple Pay, and, of course, apps.

The Apple Watch opens up new opportunities for app developers, who will be able to develop tools and experiences specifically for the device.

2. Fitbit Surge

This “fitness super watch” has GPS tracking, heart monitoring, text and call notifications, vibrating alarm, and music control capabilities.

Users can also download the Fitbit app from the iTunes Store to sync the fitness tracker with an iPhone 4 or newer edition, or any number of popular smartphones. The app lets you easily track progress and analyze activity trends displayed in charts and graphs.

Fitbit Surge has a sleek visual appeal and can be purchased in black, blue or orange.

3. Jaybird Reign Advanced Activity Tracker

This smartband has a mind of its own and recognizes your body’s unique rhythm, including when it’s time to get active and how much energy you have in the tank.

It measures the variability in time between your heart’s beats, and has patented technology that detects fatigue and recovery patterns.

The band also notifies you when it’s time to wind down and provides you with a detailed breakdown of your activity levels throughout the day.

The Jaybird Reign is made of silicone that conforms to the shape of your wrist. The band has a five-day battery life, which means you’re not constantly in search of an outlet to keep it powered up.

4. Basis Peak

Basis Peak includes a habit tracker to help you improve activity and sleep patterns. It also sends notifications and alerts from your smartphone directly to your wrist.

Basis Peak says it is the only fitness and sleep tracker on the market to automatically detect when you’re asleep, and where you are in the sleep cycle, whether it’s REM or deep sleep.

5. SKULPT Aim

This wearable is ideal for the fitness obsessed, as it claims to be the first device in the world to measure body fat percentage and muscle quality by capturing data from points on 24 different muscle groups.

As soon as the moist sensors are applied to your relaxed muscles, data is instantly captured and displayed on the device. Users also can track their progress through a series of color-coded graphs and scales.

Stacy Johnson

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